On Sunday the congregation at New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church looked back by celebrating its 33rd anniversary while laying a foundation for the future. It also placed a cornerstone for a new multipurpose building.
The sanctuary was repaired in May after being damaged by a fire in late 2009.
Modesto City Councilman Dave Geer presented a certificate of achievement to the Rev. Charles Evins, and special guest speaker the Rev. Samuel Dawkins delivered an emotional address to the congregation.